Dustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor with a career in film, television, and theater. Known for his versatile roles, Hoffman is one of Hollywood's leading character actors. A chameleon who embodies his characters, with characters like Captain Hook and Raymond Babbitt, Hoffman is able to transcend beyond the film giving the audience a magical experience that few actors can achieve.
Hoffman seen in his junior class yearbook photo from Los Angeles High School in 1954.
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Hoffman seen in his senior class yearbook photo from Los Angeles High School in 1955. </br></br>After graduating high school, Hoffman attended Santa Monica College for a year before dropping out to join the Pasadena Playhouse to follow his acting dreams.
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After moving to New York City, Hoffman starred in many off-Broadway plays before landing and small screen roles before landing his defining leading role in "The Graduate." </br></br>Hoffman in his dressing room backstage after a Broadway production, circa 1969.
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Hoffman, as the young naive Ben Braddock, and Anne Bancroft, unseen, as the seducing neighbor next door, Mrs. Robinson, in a scene from "The Graduate," directed by Mike Nichols. </br></br>The film would thrust Hoffman into leading man status and earn him his first Academy Award nomination.
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Hoffman accepts the Golden Globe award for most promising male newcomer for his performance in "The Graduate."
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Hoffman, as Ratso, left, and Jon Voight, as Joe Buck, in a scene from "Midnight Cowboy." </br></br>In the film, Hoffman and Voight are down-on-their-luck hustlers who befriend each other in an attempt to strike it rich.
Hoffman poses for a portrait, circa 1969.
Hoffman married Anne Byrne in 1969 and adopted her daughter, Karina, before the pair welcomed a daughter of their own, named Jenna. </br></br>Hoffman, right, with his wife, stepdaughter and their pet dog Ratso, enjoy a day along the Hudson River at Riverside Park in New York City, circa 1969.
Hoffman, left, as Carl Bernstein in a scene with Robert Redford, Jason Robards, Jack Warden and Martin Balsam from "All the President's Men." </br></br>Based the events of Nixon's presidency, Hoffman plays famed Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein, who with the help of Bob Woodward, uncovered the details of the Watergate scandal.
On his way to work, Ted Kramer, played by Hoffman, drops his son Billy, played by Justin Henry, off at school in a scene from "Kramer vs. Kramer." </br></br>Hoffman received his first Academy Award win for his role as the embattled divorced father.
Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, a struggling actor who dresses as Dorothy Michaels in an attempt to be cast on a TV soap opera, in a scene from "Tootsie."
Hoffman married Lisa Gottsegen in October of 1980 shortly after divorcing Byrne. The pair have four children together; two sons and two daughters. </br></br> Hoffman with his wife Lisa, circa 1983.
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Hoffman, left, as Chuck Clarke, and Warren Beatty, as Lyle Rogers, in a scene from "Ishtar." </br></br>In the film, Hoffman and Beatty are struggling lounge singers who book a gig in Morocco only to find themselves involved in an international plot between the CIA, the Ishtar emir and rebels sent to overthrow him.
Tom Cruise, left, as Charlie Babbitt, and Hoffman, as Raymond Babbitt, in a scene from "Rain Man." </br></br>Hoffman received his second Academy Award for his portrayal of the savant.
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Hoffman, left, holds his Oscar statuette backstage with his "Rain Man" co-star Cruise, at the 61st annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, March 29, 1989.
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Hoffman is unrecognizable as Captain Hook in a scene from the film, "Hook." </br></br>Hoffman portrays the famed pirate captain who kidnaps the children of an adult Peter Pan in an attempt to lure him back to Neverland.
Hoffman stars as Dr. Norman Goodman, in a scene from the movie "Sphere," a film about the discovery by Navy divers of an alien metal sphere hundreds of feet below ocean waters.
Hoffman, left, as Bernie Focker, and Ben Stiller, as Greg Focker, in a scene from "Meet the Fockers." </br></br>Hoffman embraced his comedic side with the role alongside Barbra Streisand, who plays his wife, in the film and subsequent follow-up.
Hoffman and Santa Monica College alumni break ground for the new Visual and Performing Arts Complex, as part of the Madison Project, on Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles, Jan. 19, 2005.
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The quirky comedy, "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," features Dustin Hoffman, as Mr Edward Magorium Avid Shoe-Wearer, an ill-fated eccentric toy store owner, and Natalie Portman, as Molly Mahoney the Composer, the woman who inherits the store after Magorium's passing.
Hoffman and son Jake Hoffman attend the Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, Dec. 22, 2009, in New York City.
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Hoffman speaks on stage during the Cesar Film Awards held at the Chatelet Theater, Feb. 27, 2009, in Paris.
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Hoffman attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel, Aug. 2, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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